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Edwardsville Spring Beer Fest PosterUnlike the past few years, I don’t think any of us can argue we haven’t gotten a proper spring. It certainly feels like spring now and I love it. What better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside.

This Saturday, April 23rd, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 8PM, this festival will feature over 20 different craft breweries and a portion of the proceeds will be used for the City of Edwardsville: A Better Place to Play project.

Here’s a rundown of some of the breweries that will be participating:

  • Perennial Sump @ 3 pm.
  • UCBC Moon Monkey
  • UCBC Xaver Amber Weissbier
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose
  • Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale
  • Half Acre Pony Pils
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
  • Ballast Point Mango Even Keel
  • Schlafly Double Bean Blond
  • Avery Lilikoi Kepolo
  • Oskar Blues Beerito
  • Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

There will be live music throughout the day and some great food from restaurants like Cleveland-Heath, Annie’s Frozen Custard, and 1818 Chophouse. Don’t miss out on this wonderful east-side experience.

Black and BLues Poster-page-001If running a business and keeping it thriving wasn’t difficult enough, finding your own unique spin for an anniversary party is its own monster. Everyone wants to hoe our own road and not step on the toes of their fellow brewers. So I applaud Old Bakery Beer Company for not only celebrating their first year in business, but also coming up with a cool idea to boot.

This Sunday, March 13th, OBB is putting on a Black & Blues Beer Festival. Starting at 1PM, you’ll be able to enjoy black beer samples from over twenty local breweries along with some delicious BBQ and a DJ playing “old-school blues and soul”.

A ticket is $30 (or $35 day of) and will get you a commemorative glass and tastings from the following breweries:

  • 2nd Shift
  • 4 Hands
  • 4204 Main Street
  • Alpha
  • Augusta
  • Charleville
  • Civil Life
  • Earthbound
  • Excel
  • Exit 6
  • Griesedieck
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Main and Mill
  • Peel
  • Perennial
  • Public House
  • Recess
  • Schlafly
  • Six Mile Bridge
  • Square One
  • St. Nicholas
  • Stubborn German
  • Templar
  • Urban Chestnut

This will also be your first opportunity to try Old Bakery’s new creation, their Double Stout along with their 1st Anniversary Barleywine. They describe it as “an American-style Barleywine partially aged in bourbon barrels, and partially aged on cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and oak.”

The event runs from 1PM-5PM and your tickets can be purchased here. Don’t miss out from some great beer from one of my favorite new breweries!

UCBC-WOLP-POSTER 2016-webI’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company 2016 Wolpertinger beer festival is Clarissa Gaff! Congrats to Clarissa and thank you everyone for entering.

If you didn’t win, I’ve definitely have some cool contests lurking around the corner. I once again want to thank everyone from UCBC for providing the tickets to this event.

There are still a few tickets to the festival available, you can purchase them by visiting the UCBC store.  Hope to see a lot of you at the festival!

UCBC-WOLP-POSTER 2016-webCome on out and celebrate Urban Chestnut Brewing Company‘s 5th anniversary this Sunday, January 24th, by enjoying their Wolpertinger beer festival. The fine folks are UCBC have given us two tickets to give away.

We’ll make this an easy (and quick) contest, just email contest@stlhops.com with Wolpertinger as the subject. I’ll pick two winners (and you’ll each get a pair of tickets a piece) on Thursday, January 21st at 9AM. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck!

POSTERWeather looks like it’s holding out for this weekends Saint Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party. So make sure to get your costume ready for this Saturday’s fun.

I’m pleased to announce that the two winners for the two passes to the Halloween Party are Charles Parko and Kevin Sweeney (no relation)! Congrats to Charles (who’s favorite local brewery is Perennial) and Kevin (who’s favorite local brewery is 2nd Shift) and thank you everyone for entering.

For those of you that didn’t win, there still are tickets available, though they’re going fast. Thanks again to the Brewers Guild for providing the tickets and have a great time this weekend!

POSTERAnyone can put on a beer festival. Find a date, find a location, talk to some breweries, and about a million other little tasks. I’m not implying it’s easy, but it’s still basically a checklist of items and just a matter of pulling it all off.

We have A LOT of beer festivals in the area. But if you want a successful festival, you need a hook. Something that sets your event apart from everyone else’s. Enter the new and revamped Saint Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party. They took everything awesome about last year’s Harvest Festival and got into the holiday spirit.

Taking place this Saturday, October 24th from 1-5PM once again in Lafayette Park, the STLBG is throwing a Halloween festival featuring 34 STL area breweries, costumes, and adult trick or treating.  Each booth with be decorated for Halloween and each participant will be given a tote bag to trick or treat at each brewery’s booth.

There will be costume contests and also a hay ride (Hefe ride) doing laps around Lafayette Park with kegs on it. Tickets are $30 each (or $40 day of.)

But thanks to our friends at the STLBG, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for this fun event. For your chance to win, you’ll need to email contest@stlhops.com with Halloween Party as the subject and include your favorite local brewery in the body of the email. As this event is taking place on Saturday, I’ll pick two winners tomorrow on Thursday, October 22nd at 9AM. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • I will have to give you your tickets in person, so you’ll need to be flexible.

Thanks again to the folks at the STLBG for giving us these tickets. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets are still available HERE.

615891-250A quick story before I announce the winner of two tickets to Elijah P’s Monsters of Beer festival. We’re traveling next weekend for some more wedding festivities and our flight arrives Sunday at around 11AM. I posed to my wife the idea that I could still feasibly make it to the Monsters of Beer festival. Sadly, that idea was quickly shot down. <sad trombone>

I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two passes to the Monsters of Beer festival is Rusty Baum! Congrats to Rusty (who’s favorite movie monster is Godzilla) and thank you everyone for entering. For those of you that didn’t win, there are still tickets available, though they’re going fast.

I once again want to thank the Zach and Elijah P’s for providing the tickets to this event.